If you had asked me before this day about baking a cake, I would have replied "Sure, out of a box." But not anymore. After lingering over the wonderful cakes and desserts by Archana, Pushpa and Meeta, and many more I baked a cake - from scratch!
I wanted to bake a cake for Aswin. After thinking and searching some more for an easy recipe, I decided to make a chocolate cake for him. Along with cocoa powder I also put in chunks of chocolate from a bar I bought at Trader Joe's and hazelnuts. It was topped with whipped cream frosting. Even the whipped cream was not out of a box. And whoever said "mehnat ka phal meetha" is right. It was delicious.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate pieces
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 cup milk
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 1/4 tspoon baking soda
pinch of baking powder
1/4 tspoon cinnamon powder
2 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
Beat butter, sugar and eggs seperately and add it slowly into the flour mix.
Add the milk, chocolate and nuts to the mix.
Heat the oven to 350 F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans- base and side.
Pour the batter equally in the two pans. Smooth the surface.
Bake till the tester (mine was a toothpick) comes out clean. It takes about 30-40 minutes depending on pan and the oven.
Let the cakes cool completely before frosting.
In the meantime, whip the heavy cream with strawberries and sugar till stiff peaks form.
Layer it generously on the lower cake. Put the second cake on top and fold the rest of the cream on top and on the sides.
I even tried piping designs and decorated with choclate shavings and fresh fruit. It's pretty basic but I was so excited and Aswin loved it!
Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.
This is going to Meeta at What's for Lunch Honey for Monthly Mingle # 6 - Give Thanks.
Special thanks go out to my friends and family for the support, encouragement and unconditional love.